At the request of California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross, California dairy producer and processor representatives were invited to a meeting with CDFA Deputy Secretary Jim Houston this week. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss draft milk pricing legislation Ross would like to introduce and pass through the state legislature before lawmakers recess on Aug. 31.
The proposal appears to incorporate parts of different efforts offered by producers and processors in joint meetings of the Dairy Future Task Force and the Dairy Advisory Committee earlier this year. The proposal would index California Class 4a and 4b regulated minimum prices to announced federal Class III and IV prices. The proposal would also allow for manufacturing milk processors to enter into agreements to purchase milk outside of the pool.
Houston requested that meeting participants forward suggested changes to the proposal prior to close of business on Aug. 8. Western United Dairymen’s board of directors met via conference call and forwarded proposed changes to WUD’s legal counsel for drafting.
Details were not available.